We have an extensive and highly experienced central team whose sole focus is to work with Employers. We support businesses of all sizes and across all key employment sectors to access the excellent apprenticeship opportunities offered by BTC. Our dedicated Account Managers and Apprenticeship Recruitment Advisers have in-depth knowledge of levy and apprenticeship funding and how to manage an Apprenticeship programme from end to end leaving you, the employer, free to get on with the day to day running of your business.
Our core message is that apprenticeships can support your business in a number of ways and we are able to help you work through the options demystifying and myth busting some of the common misconceptions around apprenticeships and funding. We have identified the top 10 reasons why apprenticeships will benefit your organisation:
Apprenticeships are based on earning and learning at the same time. The national minimum wage for an apprentice starts from £3.90 per hour in April 2019. The average apprentice increases business productivity by £214 per week. Over three-quarters of employers surveyed expect apprenticeships to play a bigger part in their recruitment in the future. 59% report that training apprentices is more cost-effective than hiring skilled staff
Bridgwater & Taunton College have a team of apprenticeship recruiters who can help you with the entire process: finding the right apprentice for your business including support with recruitment and selection activities will help mitigate some of your internal costs. It is estimated that recruitment of an entry level role costs in the region of £5,000 and Bridgwater and Taunton College offer this service free. 53% of employers feel that apprenticeships reduce recruitment costs
Now has never been a better time to take on an apprentice. Large businesses will be able to access funding for training costs directly from their levy account whilst smaller businesses will only pay 10% of the cost and nothing if you are a business with less than 50 FTE.
Apprenticeships are a great way to get new skills into your organisation. 82% of employers take on apprentices to build capacity within their business and 83% of employers who employ apprentices rely on their apprenticeship programme to provide the skilled workers that they need for the future
Develop your apprentices to become future managers. Helping create a career pathway for your apprentices will ensure that you reduce staff turnover and keep loyal staff who have been embedded into your organisation’s culture and ethos. 80% of companies who invest in apprentices reported a significant increase in employee retention. 57% reporting a high proportion of their apprentices going on to management positions within the company
Taking on an apprentice can free up your existing workforce to do what they do best, whilst at the same time having the opportunity to pass on their skills and experience to the next generation of employees. 92% of employers who employ apprentices believe apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce
Apprenticeships enable you to train new or existing employees with support from an outstanding college. Our range of provision from level 2 through to degree apprenticeships across all key employment sectors means that there is something for everyone in your organisation
Every employer has a wider responsibility to their local community and wider society. By taking on an apprentice you will be:
Apprenticeships can be a complex subject! If you are new to them or haven’t used apprenticeships in your organisation for a while at Bridgwater & Taunton College we have a team of specialist staff to support you through the complexity who are experts on the funding and apprenticeship system. We will allocate an Apprenticeship Recruitment Advisor or an Account Manager to you who will work with closely with you in the early stages
96% of employers that take on an Apprentice report benefits to their business and 72% of businesses report improved productivity as a result of employing an Apprentice. 81% of consumers favour using a company who employ an apprenticeship, so not only will getting involved in apprenticeships help you, it will also impress your customers!
(Facts and statistics taken from National Apprenticeship Service survey)
Talk to the team about the 10 reasons why it makes sense for you to have apprentices in your business. Bridgwater & Taunton College staff will work with you to find the Apprenticeship framework or standard that best matches your business need, adding bespoke elements as required, with the overall aim of supporting the Apprentice to succeed by ensuring that they’re placed on the right programme, at the right time, and at the right level.
To find out more about taking on an Apprentice, or training an existing employee via an Apprenticeship programme, call our Employer Hotline on 01278 655111 or email us at email@example.com